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Jo Mora Day Celebration

Monterey History & Art Association 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940
April 15, 2023
  • Location: Monterey History & Art Association, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA
  • Phone: (831) 624-3284
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Description:

    Event location:

    At Monterey History and Art at Stanton Center, 5 Custom House Plaza as well as four other locations in Monterey, California. Hosts will be present, along with walking tour guides/maps and driving maps at each site.



    Monterey History and Art Association (MHAA) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Jo Mora archive which is now part of the MHAA Jo Mora Collection. In celebration of this donation, (made possible by a generous gift from Susan and Dennis Mar of Monterey), MHAA, with a grant received from the Arts Council for Monterey County and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, is hosting the first Jo Mora Day Celebration to bring the artistic accomplishments of Joseph Jacinto “Jo” Mora (1876-1947) to a wider audience.

    This free, family-oriented event includes a self-guided walking tour of four MHAA venues and Pacific House, a California State Park property, in Monterey, each of which will feature different aspects of Jo Mora’s life and art and an opportunity to have your map stamped at each location to form a special name in the guide. It also features a complimentary map brochure of sites on a self-guided driving tour to see Jo’s accomplishments throughout the rest of Monterey County.

    Starting at any venue, the walking tour features Monterey History and Art at Stanton Center to view two Jo Mora art exhibits, and engage in a children’s letterpress printing and coloring activity.

    In addition, the other MHAA buildings will be open on April 15th, to view Jo’s accomplishments found in MHAA’s nearby Mayo Hayes O’Donnell Library, up the hill at 155 Van Buren, to view examples of Jo Mora’s writing and book art. The Doud House, at 177 Van Buren, will be on the tour for a children’s coloring book activity, and Casa Serrano, at 412 Pacific Ave, will feature Jo Mora’s work on display in that historic adobe. The Pacific House, part of Monterey State Historic Park, located between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Portola Hotel & Spa, will be open to view Jo’s art as used in exhibit displays.

    Items for sale related to Jo Mora will be available at the Stanton Center, Mayo Hayes O’Donnell Library and Casa Serrano.

    According to Peter Hiller, Curator of the Jo Mora Collection, “I am always delighted when people discover the incredible talent of Jo Mora through his sculpture, art, children’s books, building friezes and so much more. I am thrilled that there will be a Jo Mora Day Celebration this year to continue building an appreciation for his art and character.”

    About Joseph Jacinto “Jo” Mora:

    Joseph Jacinto “Jo” Mora (1876 - 1947.) As an immigrant to the United States and migrant to California, the trail of Jo Mora’s artistic accomplishments is extensive. The father of two children, Jo and his wife Grace raised Jo Jr. and Patty here on the Monterey Peninsula. This celebration provides families an opportunity to view many aspects of Mora’s engaging career. Jo’s art includes sculptures, paintings, drawings, book illustrations and more and has become part of local legend. It is used for displays and visuals for the Monterey County Fair and was used for the well-known cover of The Byrds famous album ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo.’




5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940

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